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California State University Fresno

Fresno, CA

California State University Fresno is a public, comprehensive university. It was founded as a Normal School in 1911, joined the state university system in 1961 and was granted university status in 1972. Its 1,410-acre campus, including the university farm, is located a few miles from downtown Fresno.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students21,482
   Women12,340 (57.4%)
   Men9,142 (42.6%)
Graduate Students2,654


Entrance DifficultyMinimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate52% of 19,935 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission Deadline 
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math400-510 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading390-500 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing390-490 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite16-21 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $19,771
Out-of-state: $30,931
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $6,311
Out-of-state: $17,471
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met70%
Average Freshman Award$11,348
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 4% of classes
10-19 students: 14% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 22% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes


Fresno Population505,882
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 15% of freshmen, 5% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
15.3% Asian
3.4% Black/African-American
50.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
22.5% White
4.7% Unknown
International Students5.0%
First-Year Students Returning82.7%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Not reported
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.33 3.43 483 493 21
Low 2.60 2.80 460 450 16
High 4.00 4.15 530 570 27
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• Cal State Fresno's loyal and noisy fans are commonly referred to as "The Red Wave."

• Located in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley, Cal State Fresno has its own 1,011-acre farm, vineyards and a winery that produces award-winning wines.

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